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Old 09-11-2018, 08:12 PM   #11
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As Sudao’s blade twirled and disarmed the chuunin, Genta himself started to think about what he was good at. The jounin had a little bit of everything going for him, even genjutsu. Genta could barely remember the last time he used a genjutsu technique let alone actually developing it to something more useful. A large thud was heard on the ground as his hammer hit the floor, a quick flick of the wrist and it reappeared back into his hand. Chances are if Sudao wanted to actually kill him he could have done so in the time it took to summon his weapon.

“Fancy.” Was all the Konkaji could say as he tried to think of another word to say. To be in awe was one thing but acting like it would just be. Well, it hit his pride a little bit knowing that Sudao was not just simply better than him but leagues better, magnitudes even. “The Konkaji…” he was at a loss for words. He was not sure what to say at all. “The Konkaji focus on the building of the weapons, we have a better feeling for them and I think that means that alot of us just are not natural fighters.” He started to make excuses for himself. Chances are even if he had the time to train he would probably not be that great of a taijutsu specialist anyway.

He placed his hammerhead on the ground, he did not want to drag it along but he figured it would be a few inches of space. He started a quick dash towards Sudao, the sparks should have came but he hesitated, deciding not to damage any of the furniture or decorations throughout and swung his axe upward, twisting his hips and aiming for the center of Sudao’s chest. He was not trying to hit him but see how the jounin would react. “Hammer’s are a bit slower so you gotta make every swing count.”
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“It sounds like you’re making excuses.”

Sudao narrowed his eyes, watching Genta shift his stance and recall his weapon. He twirled the pommel of his sword neatly, gaze never wavering from the form of his “opponent.”

“The Aoyama aren’t a clan of warriors – we’re a clan of merchants and politicians. I broke the mold by becoming a shinobi; I secured our alliance to Iwagakure. If I blamed my shortcomings on people like me, do you think that I’d be a jounin today?” He outstretched his sword arm, pointing the tip in another flourish towards Genta. “Just because you’re better at making weapons doesn’t mean that you’re not capable of fighting well with them.”

He lowered his sword as he saw Genta’s approach, the hammer shifting into that of an axe. It was a good trick, but given how much faster the jounin was than the chuunin, it wasn’t enough. As the swung came, he shuffled his feet backwards, leaning back ever so slightly to let the blade cling at open air. Just as he cleared the blade, he stepped forward, moving in the direction from which Genta had swung his blade. His freehand lashed out, moving for Genta’s shoulder. A foot snaked behind his leg, and Sudao moved to shove him, hopefully unbalancing him and causing him to trip, leaving to sprawl over the ground.

Again, Sudao took a deep breath and shuffled backwards, a small grimace over his features.

“The name of the game is deceit. If I can trick you, I can make an opening, and I can kill you.”

He mused how to further the chuunin’s understanding. He knew better than to come at him with killing intent, but perhaps if Genta came at him with it, things might begin to work better in the boy’s favor.

“Don’t pull your punches. I’m a jounin; I’ll be fine.”
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:06 PM   #13
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Genta remembered a lesson when he was doing some training as a kid with his mother. It was a simple one that most shinobi learn; a person’s fighting style reflects their personality. While his mothers’ swordsmanship was graceful, gentle but strong and pretty much perfect, Genta’s was sloppy. He had fallen on the ground after Sudao had made his move, causing him to grunt and get up slowly, rolling and shaking his shoulders. It was tough getting your ass handed to you, even more so to an injured diplomat that was recovering in his own house.

“You don’t seem like the person for tricks.” He let out a shaky smile, a bit hesitant to go after the Jounin with a killing intent but if he seemed so sure that he could take a hit then…”Oh well, guess there is no arguing it!” The chuunin had gotten up with his axe, turning it back into a sword as he started to collect himself, grabbing the sword in the same fencing stance that Sudao took. “Konkaji aren’t that great at tricks.” as he ironically skid the tip of his sword across the ground, causing it to make a blinding spark. “We’re more for...eh you know the pun…” He began to dart the blinding light towards the Jounin, hoping that he would have difficulty seeing, stabbing him at the neck.

But Genta wasn’t that stupid. He needed to hope that Sudao was seeing the flick of the Chuunin’s wrist, letting the sword slash downward. A kill was not going to happen this way but any damage is better than no damage at all. “Flare! The pun was flare!” He really needed to lay off of the puns.
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“That’s the name of the game. I’m by no means the best taijutsu user in Iwagakure. I know my body’s limits.” He felt a sting of pain from the electric shock that had riveted through his body days prior and grimaced.

Usually.

Sudao watched with interest as Genta drew sparks from his blade, hiding his annoyance over the torn up carpet. The chuunin was learning, and while the glow wasn’t as terrible as a flashbang, its bright yellow hue was enough to spot the aristocrat’s vision. He moved his own sword to parry, holding his sword vertical in order to push back against the stabbing motion. Once he realized that Genta had readjusted his stance into more of a slash maneuver, his arms moved a bit too quick for the rest of his body’s liking. His knees crumpled, and his arms went numb. His sword fell from his hands, leaving Sudao wide open for an attack.

Not trusting Genta to not think it was some ploy, the jounin reached out with his chakra. Luckily for him, the repercussions of his previous fight came and went in spells. As he regained feeling in his limbs, he forced his fingers together in a series of quick seals just before the blade made contact with him. When it came to the chuunin’s perspective, it looked like he did, but the gush of blood was quickly replaced with a torrent of feathers from one of the pillows on his couch.

“Uh, hey.”

Sudao laid on the couch, reclined in its place, apparently unharmed, save for his pride.

“I know I told you to try and kill me, but maybe we should take a break. If my body refuses to cooperate like that again, you might wind up skewering me.”

He offered the chuunin a meek shrug.

“Where’s my gin?”

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Genta coughed as a few of the feathers flew into his mouth. It took him a few moments of worried jumping around until he noticed that Sudao was actually on the couch, looking more worn by the second. It seemed that he had not completely healed from their previous encounter, which made sense. Not many people can get hit by lightning and simply shrug it off. The chuunin gave a light shrug and smiled.

“Atleast if I skewered you you wouldn’t have to think about all the other kinds of pain!” He tried to lighten the mood, debating if he should get the Gin or not for Sudao.

As he moved towards the kitchen to fetch the drink he kept a hand on his pocket, ready to throw a shuriken or anything that he needed. He went to the academy like most others and has dealt with the ‘always be prepared’ lesson. He could recall his weapon whenever he wanted so he was never completely unprepared.

“You know, with injuries like that you should be walking more and trying to do some light physical movement. I ain’t a doctor but laying around probably isn’t helping your mood either.” He returned to Sudao with a small cup of gin, completely filled to the brim with ice and a cup of ice tea. “Also I’m sure alcohol can’t be helping.” He wasn’t Sudao’s mom nor did he want to be, he tried to turn off the lecture mode, which was actually quite easy once he noticed the intricacy of the couch’s leg design. “...you can barely see it…” He mumbled to himself as he spent a few minutes near the floor, lifting the couch from one side a few inches to get a better look.

“You should probably go outside today too!” He realized what he was doing and looked back up at the jounin. “The weather is actually pretty nice.” He started to give off a warm smile before putting the couch back down.
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“I tried drowning myself in the bathtub earlier. It didn’t work.”

The mention of any further movement earned a groan. Reaching for his rapier, Sudao rolled onto his stomach and guided it towards the jewel on the nape of his neck. Both shined brightly and within moments, the blade disappeared from view.

“I’m getting too old for this.” Despite being 20, the jounin still felt like he’d been hit by a truck. Though in his case, the truck was full of lightning. Gingerly, he moved into a sitting position, fighting the spasm overcoming his left leg the best he could. He downed the cup of gin and looked toward the tea with a curious glance. Giving it a quick whiff, he deciphered that it was vodka infused and downed that too. Did getting shot by lightning give you too many electrolytes? Maybe that’s why he felt so bad. Luckily for him, he knew how to get rid of them!

He watched the chuunin muse around his house for a moment, his brow quirked as he picked up one of his couches to better examine it. Normally, Sudao would have yelled at someone doing that to stop, but the amount of effort it required was simply to great. He’d have his attendants handle whatever mess the two made when they returned, provided that they did.

Good help is so hard to find these days.

The mention of going outside absolutely repulsed him. But, it would keep any further damage from coming to his house. He hoped.

“Alright, fine.” He grumbled, shifting his stance on the couch. He leaned forward, putting both hands on his knees, and leaned forward, pushing against himself to stand. He felt a number of joints crack as he stared towards Genta.

“You’re in charge. Lead the way.”
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Watched Sudao drink, keeping on hand ready to go but he arm slowly loosened and he realized that the chuunin probably could not beat him in his state, and judging from his lethargy, did not want to beat him. Once both the drinks were gone Genta gave a weak, if not awkward laugh at the suicide joke. His face trying to show that he understood it was sarcasm but another part of him trying not to make a suicide joke. ‘Atleast the pain would go away!’, nah, sounds like I’d be enabling that stuff.

“Was it a bubble bath?” He continued the awkward laugh as he saw Sudao try to stand up. The chuunin grabbing onto one of his arms and lightly helping him stand up. The injured Jounin wasn’t by any means disabled, but he was still probably hurt and if that sudden body movement from their exercise did not help him with his mobility then chances are he would have to see a doctor and wait for a while before he was back in fighting shape.

“Now I’m leading the way, talk about a role reversal!” The implications flew past genta without a thought. “You can call me sensei now.” He laughed a bit louder. Thinking about teaching a bunch of shinobi how to fight and deal with things...naw, he couldn’t do it consistently. He would be too much of a softy.

...Maybe I should train a team of medical shinobi.

As he started to walk towards the back he saw the very large,intricate glass doors. These obviously led to the back of Sudao’s house. They weren’t gaudy or bad just...typical? He realized the same craftsmen that worked on the couch from earlier worked on the frame. With a slight turn of the knob he opened the door, letting a small gust past through them. “Goodness, I love fresh air. It’s always nice to just take a deep breath and…” he inhaled deeply and breathed out loudly. “...Aahhhh. Come Sudao, you should try some deep breathing!”
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Yikes.

Despite being as talkative as ever, Sudao was thankful for Genta’s help, if only in regards to helping him stand. He let out a soft hiss as he limped towards the door, though not before responding to the chuunin’s inquiry. He did his best to disguise a blush.

“No, it wasn’t.”

Bubble baths were so pre-chuunin exam timeline; these days, bath bombs were the poison of choice, so to speak. It was part of the reason he smelled so earthy today. A simple ball with Iwagakure’s symbol on it, smelling like forestry and manly stuff. Yeah, manly stuff. No femininity in this house. He was like, super macho or something.

You’re not fooling anyone.

Shut up, Otohime.

Sudao snorted in retort to Genta’s notion of being a sensei. He had a lot to learn if he wanted to be one, but in the same regard, so did he. Not that he wanted to be one – yeah, he had bitten the bullet during his last mission with Genta like a sensei should, but the idea of coaching three twelve year olds was not in his five year plan. Taking hits for incompetent ones also wasn’t in his plan. And conflicting personalities too? He was beginning to feel bad for his own sensei.

When Genta opened the door, a small lake and dock sat a couple hundred yards from them. Sudao, however, was more interested in getting towards the patio furniture. He was supposed to be resting. His gaze, however, lingered on the rowboat at the edge of the dock, making him think of Kaori. He wondered how his sister was doing after she’d been caught with one of Sudao’s cousins. The thought made him chuckle a bit as he traipsed behind Genta, doing his breathing exercises. As much as he needed to rest, Genta was right.

He was tired of being cooped up in his house all day.
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“Love fresh air, you usually don’t get this much when you’re at The Smithy Genta made his hand shake in a smooth way, trying to emphasize how cool it was to work at a forge. The small lake and overall beauty made the chuunin look around like a kid that was at an amusement park. Most places were not as pretty as Sudao’s backyard, which was sad, but at the same time it meant that he was in a nice place.

“I’m pretty sure the doctor will clear you soon and you can get back to making a splash around here!” his hand made a small cup as he splashed the jounin. Not really caring about messing with his clothes. If Genta was good at one thing it was reading a room and Sudao was saying ‘please help me relax Genta!’.

He was so smooth.

“Oh snap! You even have a boat!” he walked towards it, the ship was not the most intricate in design but it was smoothed out like a polished diamond. He lifted the front of it to make sure the spine was clean and not deformed. “You could probably have a really cool pool party...or I guess it’d be a lake party huh?” he gently let go of the side of the ship as he jumped on the stone pavement.

“Oh, let’s go out on the lake. Do you have fish? We could go fishing or something!” He actually didn’t care much about how Sudao responded and he hopped on the boat, grabbing an oar then lifting on hand up and acting as if he was pulling down on something. “Choo choo! Haha...get it...cause…” he gave out a weak laugh as he made a splash with the oar. “Come on, it’s not too bad! I mean the water, not the joke. The joke was fine.”

He was running out of material.
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Wow, so cool.

You’ve been quiet all day, why start now?

I’ve been observing. He sure is a quirky little fellow. Almost as daft as that yellow one.

So you were just waiting on the right moment to give me hell?

Precisely.

Fighting the urge to roll his eyes thanks to his thoughts, Sudao teetered precariously past the patio, deciding to forgo the sitting bit. It wasn’t like he could overdo it anymore than he already had. He’d literally just had a sword fight.

As he stepped onto the grass, he looked down at his slippers. Well, at least the ground wasn’t wet. That was bound to change, however, as they got closer to the more sandy and muddy coastline of the lake. He followed Genta for a ways, stopping just short of getting himself dirty.

“You know, I’m not really the type so swim in lakes.”

The lake itself wasn’t terribly massive – if you had a pair of binoculars or zoom goggles, you could see the other side. There were several docks scattered around it as well. While they weren’t exactly close in distance, he had neighbors, mostly relatives and other well families that worked in Iwagakure’s corporate sector. The Aoyoma were fortunate.

As he looked towards the lake, he couldn’t help but wonder how different his life would have been if his parents had never made him become a shinobi. He shook the thought away; he was grateful for everything that they had provided him in life. Even if he almost got killed on the regular.

“They’re not exactly the most cleanest bodies of water. The subdivision has a community pool though, if you’re into that. The gate code is five-three-four-six.” He paused. Genta sure was excited. He’d be lying if he called it refreshing. Exhausting was probably a better term. “Yes, Genta, I’m sure there are plenty of fish in the lake, but I don’t fish.” He shrugged. “I don’t have the time nor willpower to sit still and hope something gets stuck on a hook.”

Still, Genta continued. The jounin just kind of stared at him. Maybe he was tired, but the joke flew right over his head.

“When did rowboats start sounding like trains?”
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